Binghamtown Baptist Church
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Let us contemplate the wonderful works of God in His creation of each of us and give special contemplation to the marvelous and intricate workings of women, who can conceive, nourish, house, and protect a growing human being within her own self. Let us note also that the life that she is nurturing is far more than just a part of her body; it is a separate and unique individual of whom God knows in minute detail from the moment of conception. There is no greater wonder and nothing more precious than the conception and birth of a child in God's original plan for man and woman and marriage "Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is his reward."
It is sin and humanistic thinking that has degraded human sexuality into no more than self-gratification of the lusts of the flesh and the conception of babies into a curse and consequence rather than a reward from God as originally intended. The only other miracle that excels above that of the physical conception and birth is that of the new birth. Remember Jesus' words: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
~ Pastor Roy Delia, New Hope Baptist Church, Ontario, OR - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Ephesians 4:22-24
Read: Micah 7:5-9
The first part of our text reads, "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt..." There are things from the old life that a serious Christian must be willing to part with. We must not allow the "old man", the old nature, to control our lives. We have to be willing to die to ourselves. Our "old man" was crucified with Christ (Romans 6), and we are to reckon ourselves to be dead to sin through the victory of Christ on the cross.
The verses that follow our text specifically mention such things as lying, anger, stealing, language, and bitterness. Then we are to "put off... the old man," and we are to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit's control and walk in His power and influence. He dwells within the Christian to lead us and produce spiritual fruit in and through our lives. When it tells us to "put on the new man," it does not mean we are being saved again, only that we are consciously allowing the Holy Spirit to control and direct our lives. Later verses in this chapter admonish us to put on such qualities as kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness. This is a lifelong process for the child of God.
~ Pastor Robert A. Sorensen, Bethany Baptist Church, Ava, MO - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
The word "renewed" in our text carries with it the idea of a renovation or making new. We have known people who have bought older homes with a goal to renovate them or those who have restored an automobile to its original condition. God's goal for our spiritual growth is to renovate our lives. In renovating a home, there are two general things that must be done. The old and dilapidated materials must be removed, and they must be replaced with the new, desirable materials. These same two processes are needed for A SPIRITUAL RENOVATION.
Firstly, have properly placed trust (Micah 7:5), God is to be our trust and not man (Psalm 118:8; 20:7). Our hope is in the Lord, our confidence is in God. Yes, there needs to be some element of trust in any working relationship, but our main confidence is in our God. He will never fail us. He will never forsake us, and He will never betray us.
Secondly, have a properly placed view (Micah 7:7). Look unto the Lord, and get your eyes off of men or our wounds. Stop looking at the scars others have caused; you will have no peace while glaring at your hurts. Look to God and give forgiveness. See the scars of Christ put there for your sins and forgive others of their sins towards you. Also, look to Him for divine strength. He says, God will hear me, and He will. This wound does not have to define your life; look to God to see you through.
Thirdly, have properly received light (Micah 7:8). When there is betrayal there is often darkness. When there is darkness get into the Word of God (Psalm 119:105). Allow God's Word to help see you through the dark times of betrayal and hurt. Don't let it define you. May you allow the deep wounds of others to be healed and may you use your hurt for those who are hurting!
~ Pastor James Gugino, Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Webster, NY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
All through the ages there are examples of people being betrayed by those who were supposed friends -- Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brethren, David with Saul, and David and Urijah, and of course Judas Iscariot and the Lord Jesus. We can understand being attacked by our enemies but not in the back by our friends. Here are three things to help when we have found ourselves having defensive wounds from those we least expected.
The Psalmist David upon contemplating God's wonderful works of creation, marveled that the creation of man(kind) was so unique and far superior to all other of God's creative works. He was overwhelmed with wonder in considering the development of a baby in its mother's womb beginning at conception! Perhaps we would all benefit from meditation on this wonderful work of God. It may be that we would be more appreciative of motherhood.